Khonor Barlow Injured by an E-Cigarette Explosion

Khonor Barlow Injured by an E-Cigarette Explosion

A three-year-old boy, who was with his mom in a car, was reported to have suffered first and second degree burns from a fire caused from an e-cigarette explosion. The mother identified as Kinzie Barlow of Mount Pleasant narrated that they were travelling to Provo when she noticed a strange smell in the car. She added that there was a sudden explosion and a flash. She claimed that her e-cigarette had exploded in its charger and it shot out a white-hot copper coil that bounced off the ceiling and landed on her son’s car seat. She added that the coil had burned through the fabric cover and melted the hard plastic, sending flames shooting up the little boy’s body. According to the article, Kinzie Barlow attempted to smoother the fire with her shirt sleeve while her son was screaming in pain. When the shirt also caught fire, she grabbed an iced coffee from the front seat and used it to douse the flames. The mother was shaking badly after she was able to put out the fire. Provo Fire Marshal Lynn Schofield confirmed that indeed the fire resulted from the exploded e-cigarette that was being charged in the car. Schofield added that he will call the Consumer Product Safety Commission on Monday. He also commented that the charger that was being used, was the original charger of the e-cigarette and not made by another company. Fox13 tried to contact the e-cigarette company but a recorded message indicated that it was closed during the weekend. The mother said that she had no idea about the potential danger of the e-cigarette charger. She added...

Worker Injured in Roof Fire

A man was reported to have suffered burns in the arms and face from a flash fire on a roof. This accident was reported to happen last Sunday September 15 at around 10:30 in the morning. The 29 year old man from Tooele was allegedly working on an air conditioning unit on the roof when a small explosion occurred. The resulting flash fire injured the worker. Authorities stated that he was airlifted to Salt Lake City Hospital. He is expected to survive from his injuries according to the report. Authorities are still investigating the cause of the explosion. No other injury or damage to the building was reported. According to Box Elder County Chief Deputy Kevin Potter, the man was working on the roof of Autoliv plant. This company designs and manufactures car safety systems. The report did not mention if the man was using safety gears while working. It seems he was working alone on the roof. The American Burn Association 2012 Fact Sheet reported that 69% of burn victims are male and 31% are female. Only 9% of the 2012 reported hospital burn admission came from industry or are work-related. Survival rate from burns is peg at 96.1%. For work place related burn incidents, it was reported men ages 25- 34 have the highest incidence followed by men ages 35-44. Moreover, industrial plant explosions accounted for the highest number of work-related burns. World Health Organization claims that for 2000, direct costs for care of children with burns in the United States of America exceeded US$ 211 million. No data on hospitalization cost was provided for adult victims....
Burning Vehicles inside Carport Investigated

Burning Vehicles inside Carport Investigated

Deseret News reported that authorities responded to a fire alarm on a burning single vehicle in a carport. Fire fighters arrived and found that two vehicles were on fire. Capt. Jason Camp of the Unified Fire Authority disclosed that the carport was threatened by the fire. It was also discovered that the gas lines of both vehicles were severed in the incident. As a result, fire fighters had a hard time putting the fire out because of the gasoline that continued to pour out from the gas lines. This incident was reported to happen at 4078 South 1300 West last Sunday. Owners of the vehicles were not identified by the authorities. One person allegedly suffered minor burns. An investigation is on-going on the possible cause of the fire. Temperatures in Utah are reported to be high and people in the communities are cautioned to be extra careful. Fires are deadly in summer; as vegetation and other wooden materials are extremely dry, it takes only a single spark to start a fire. As people are taking trips to places, properties and houses must be secured from intruders. Smoke detectors and installed sprinkler systems are big helps in the early detection and prevention of fire. Fire incidents are communal concerns, and neighbors are encouraged to be always on the lookout for unusual circumstances and immediately report to authorities any incident that may threaten lives and properties. If you have sustained a personal injury as a result of someone’s negligence, call us at (801)-506-0800 for a free consultation. Confer with our expert personal injury lawyers; you might be entitled to compensation. Original...
Man in Serious Condition after Acid Burn Accident

Man in Serious Condition after Acid Burn Accident

Fox 13 reported that an independent contractor sustained second and third degree burns on his feet and ankle. The man was working in a vat containing 95 percent sulfuric acid solution at the facility located at 11600 West and SR-201 in Magna. The facility was identified as Kennecott Smelter. The man was Life Flighted to the hospital and reported to be in serious condition. An occupational Safety website listed the physical and chemical characteristics of sulfuric acid. According to the article, sulfuric acid is a clear colorless oily liquid. It is also odorless and will not burn. The acid is considered very toxic and fatal if inhaled. It can form very hazardous decomposition products. Sulfuric acid is highly reactive and incompatible with many common chemicals. It reacts violently with water and is corrosive. The acid causes severe skin burns and eye damage. Skin contact can cause pain, redness, burns, and blistering. Permanent scarring can result. A severe exposure can cause death. Recommended handling tips include the following: • Avoid generating vapors or mists. • Immediately report leaks, spills or failures of the safety equipment (e.g. ventilation system). • Prevent accidental contact with incompatible chemicals. • Never add water to a corrosive. Always add corrosives slowly to COLD water. • If product is transferred to another container, ensure new container is suitable for the product. • Never reuse empty containers, even if they appear to be clean. Store the acid in an area that is cool, dry, out of direct sunlight and away from heat and ignition sources. Store it separately from incompatible materials. Avoid bulk storage indoors. Regularly inspect...
81-year-old Man Burned In Backyard Fire

81-year-old Man Burned In Backyard Fire

An 81-year-old man was burned over 90% of his body while burning weeds in his backyard with a hand-held propane torch, according to KSL. Ray Jessop’s was trying to put out the weed fire, which had started burning some grass, when his pants caught fire. His neighbor found Ray sitting on the porch with most of his clothes burned off. He was taken by helicopter to University of Utah’s Burn Center where he was treated for third degree burns over 90 percent of his body. Fires can quickly get out of control, and cause a lot of damage. The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) reports that in 2011, a fire department responded to a fire every 23 seconds, 3,005 deaths and thousands of injuries occurred because of these fires, and damages were in the 11 billions in cost. The most common types of fires, as reported in 2011 by the NFPA, are structure fires, followed by wildland, and then highway vehicles. Most fires are preventable, and with death numbers in the three thousands each year, it is important to take precautions in regards to fire. In Utah, open burning almost always requires a permit to do so. If a person is starting a fire anywhere besides campfires, grills, or fireplaces, a burn permit is required. The Utah government details the rules regarding open burning with a permit. The consequences of not abiding by these laws are great, and can result in serious injury or death. Christensen & Hymas is knowledgeable about personal injuries involving fires. If you are a burn victim due to someone’s negligence, we can help you...

Home Fire Safety

In Vernal, Utah, January 15th, a propane distribution plant caught on fire, causing more than $250,000 worth of damage. The fire may have been ignited by an electrical space-heating device. However, the cause has not officially been determined. An evacuation was issued of the company site, and a half-mile radius around the business. Luckily the fir was contained, and did not spread to large propane tanks on the property outside of the shop building. Fires are a serious danger. More than 3,500 Americans die in fires each year. An overwhelming amount of fires occur in residential homes. Here are some simple guidelines to help keep your home safe from fires: Have at least one working smoke alarm: Any hardware or discount store will have them. Replace the battery at least once a year. This is an inexpensive way to keep you and your family safe Alternate Heaters: Anything combustible should be kept at least 3 feet away form any portable heater, they heat up the surrounding areas! Also make sure that your fireplace chimney is clean annually, buildup can cause fires! Prevent Electrical Fires: Never overload circuits or extension cords. Any appliances that sputter, spark or emit an unusual smell, shut off immediately! Plan your Escape: Practice an escape route from every room in the house. Make sure every family member knows to stay close to the ground, and not to open any doors that are hot. Select a location to meet after escaping the house. From all of us at Christensen & Hymas, keep yourself safe this winter by taking fire safety precautions for your...